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Small Basic - November Challenges

Check out this month's Forum Challenges.Provide some answers, ideas or partial answers and see how others solve them.Happy Coding.Small Challenges*Write a program using the While statement to read numbers from the user until they enter a number between 5 and 10 (inclusive). *Write a program with several buttons to change the GraphicsWindow background colour.  *Re-write the button

Escalation acceleration

 When I recently wrote about the frightening yet fantastic world of DevOps, I discussed how escalations reach the dev team, but I skipped over when the dev team does the escalating. As you move from shipping annually to shipping weekly and daily, you depend on engineering systems and services to work 24x7. However, engineering systems often don’t get the love they deserve, and may not be resilie

Spooked by Columnstore? See My Halloween Weekend Preso at #SQLSatOregon

This Halloween weekend I continue my efforts to make the world of SQL DWs a better place—one table at a time—via evangelizing Columnstore at #SQLSaturday337 in Portlandia.  Columnstore Indexes in SQL Server 2014: Flipping the DW /faster Bit If you’ve not been in a crypt since last All Hallows Eve, you likely know this is one of my staples.  Register, see the schedule, or see the event h

Edit and Query documents through the Azure portal

Edit and Query documents through the Azure portalWe’ve released a number of great enhancements to further improve the DocumentDB management experience.  Our October 23rd portal update lights up the following new capabilities through https://portal.azure.com:*Document CRUD operations – create, edit and delete documents *Document system properties – view system properties for each document

Bypassing Multiple-Authentication Providers in SharePoint 2013

IntroI haven't researched to see if this topic has been heavily documented but feel like putting my 2 cents of input so hope this helps you. One of Microsoft's big pushes for SharePoint 2013 for On Premise is to consolidate multiple web applications to a single Web Application. This is easier said than done and depending on the complexity of one's environment this can take some time to unrave

How to convert a jagged array to 2D array

If the dimensions of the 2D array is known, you can use this code:string[,] arr = new string[5, 4]; string[] filelines = File.ReadAllLines("file.txt"); for (int i = 0; i < filelines.Length; i++) {     var parts = filelines[i].Split(',');    // Note: no need for .ToArray()     for (int j = 0; j < parts.Length; j++)     {         arr[i, j] = parts[j];     } }

MonoGame for the XNA Developer (#Gamedev w/ @ScruffyFurn)

When XNA was put into “stasis” a huge hole was created in the game development tool space. In this latest episode of #Gamedev w/ @ScruffyFurn I rant about the heartache I suffered with the retirement of XNA and take a look at my newly budding relationship with MonoGame,, the open source implementation of XNA. Special guest Bryan Griffiths shares great insights and offers amazing advice from his

November 5th 2014 webcast for delivering applications from the cloud to your workforce with Azure RemoteApp

Please join us on November 5th, 2014 for an overview webcast all about Azure RemoteApp.  In this webcast, we will discuss delivering applications from the cloud with Azure RemoteApp. This scalable, agile cloud service will enable your users to stay productive on the go, while safeguarding your sensitive corporate resources.  Demi Albuz and Thomas Willingham will be leading the discussion from Mi

ConvertFrom-String: Example-based text parsing

IntroI’m sure most of you are familiar with the powerful tools for text parsing available in PowerShell. A presentation at the PowerShell Summit a couple of weeks ago provides a good overview of these and mentions a new Powershell cmdlet, ConvertFrom-String, that was introduced in Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview September 2014. ConvertFrom-String lets you parse a file by providing a t

The MVP Global Summit: A Virtuous Cycle

_The following post was written by MVP Program Event Manager Paulette Suddarth_Widely recognized as one of the most important community events in the world, next week’s MVP Global Summit will be, as it always is, a reflection of the community itself. MVPs are instrumental in every facet of the event, helping us plan and make continual improvements as well as infusing every jam-packed moment w

[VIDEO] Single Page Applications with jQuery or AngularJS

  The video course that Stacey Mulcahey and I did a few weeks back is online now. If you’re interested in learning how to write SPAs, debug using Visual Studio or the new F12 developer tools, and want to know how deploy to Azure, then we’ve got all ...read more...(read more)

Episode 2 of #StartupLife: Board Shorts and Neckties

_This post is part of an ongoing series of videos inspired by the community and brought to you by BizSpark" target="_blank">BizSpark. Share your own #StartupLife experiences on Twitter for a chance to be featured in our next Vine video. Start-up life can be tough, BizSpark is there to help. _Does this scene look familiar to you? You're midway through yourtypical start-up dinner when you remem

Epic Sage Chapter 4: Wherein I Discover Ripple and the Multi-Device Hybrid Apps Extension for Visual Studio

_This post is the fourth post in the series: Uploading Images from PhoneGap/Cordova to Azure Storage using Mobile Services_In the previous chapter of this saga, I was frustrated at not being able to get the Eclipse IDE to even run on my laptop (although I had it running a few months back). After wasting an entire morning, I remembered that the Multi-Device Hybrid Apps extension for Visual Stu

Its all about being Open!

Why Open?One of the coolest things to happen at Microsoft is embracing and supporting Openness. This is about how we, as a company, collaborate with others in the  industry and how we listen to our customers. Its about the choice that we give to our customers and developers. Right from supporting Linux, Drupal, Java, Hadoop, PHP, NodeJS, HTML5 and Python to extending our support on the cloud

Pumpkinduino Part 4: The final hardware and software put together

Previous Post: Pumpkinduino Part 3 Ok, I procrastinated, got distracted, then got sick with one of those icky colds that you just can’t shake, so the final product kind is not really all that good.   On the other hand you can pull the parts out of your Arduino pile, since I didn’t use the Galileo in the final product.  Software Well nothing like procrastination to get you into trouble, but I did m

Using Bing for technical instant answers and automated solutions

Bing has been providing factual instant answers for some time now, but recently they added "technical" instant answers for questions about Microsoft products or technical support issues. My previous team built the content management system that our internal content delivery teams are now using to add technical instant answers to Bing. Here's an example technical instant answer for the "Cortana"

Workaround: "An unexpected client error has occured"

If you receive the below error while using LCS please try again after clearing the browser cache. 

Sample chapter: The Liskov Substitution Principle

The Liskov substitution principle (LSP) is a collection of guidelines for creating inheritance hierarchies in which a client can reliably use any class or subclass without compromising the expected behavior. This chapter from _Adaptive Code via C#: Agile coding with design patterns and SOLID principles_ explains what the LSP is and how to avoid breaking its rules. After completing this chapte

I'm back!

Did anybody miss me? :)After a long hiatus from this blog I'm planning to start posting here again. For the past few years I have been working on Microsoft internal content and knowledge management systems, including a KCS verified knowledge management system used to manage the Knowledge Base. Now I'm working on support and self-help diagnostics and automated solutions again. I'm excited to b

The case of the file that won't copy because of an Invalid Handle error message

A customer reported that they had a file that was "haunted" on their machine: Explorer was unable to copy the file. If you did a copy/paste, the copy dialog displayed an error. 1 Interrupted ActionInvalid file handle⚿  Contract Proposal Size: 110 KB Date modified: 10/31/2013 7:00 AM Okay, time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. This investigation took several hours, bu

Project Online Reporting und PowerBI

Nach den Erfahrungen auf der TechEd Europe diese Woche und der Vielzahl an Diskussionen bei uns am Project-Stand, hier nochmal ein kurzes Heads-Up dazu. Wer sich im Rahmen von Project Online mit Reporting beschäftig, sollte unbedingt einen genaueren Blick auf die Funktionen von PowerBI werfen (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/powerbi/default.aspx). Zur Analyse von Daten, gerade in der Komplexit

Cloud-Dienste für Studierende

Da ich häufig an Hochschulen unterwegs bin und sowohl mit Studierenden als auch Dozenten arbeite, bekomme ich oft die Frage welche Möglichkeiten es gibt die Microsoft Cloud Plattform zu nutzen. Im Folgenden möchte ich kurz auf ein paar Einsatzszenarien eingehen und dann die Angebote für Studierende beschreiben. Microsoft Azure – dein persönliches Rechenzentrum Häufig braucht man sowohl im Studium

Top 10 Microsoft Developer Links for Friday, August 31, 2014

*Visual Studio Toolbox: Load Testing Made Easier *Day 1 at TechEd: Recap of TechEd Europe, day one *Day 2 at TechEd: Windows for IoT, Azure Stream Analytics and the Future of .NET *Pranav Rastogi: ASP.NET Identity 2.2.0-alpha1 *Matt Harrington: JavaScript unit testing: using the Chutzpah test runner in Visual Studio *Adarsha Datta: Part 6: Get started with Python: Build your first Djan

Surfing the Tube

As the world’s first and oldest underground railway, the London Underground – affectionately known as the Tube – serves 270 stations, 2 billion annual rides taken and 249 miles of track. It has long been hailed as a model for urban transport as well as a cultural symbol of design and innovation, its slogans and station names splashed across coffee mugs and t-shirts worldwide.Of course, with s

Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.10 が公開されました

こんばんわ、Lync Support のワトソンです。先日、新しい Lync for Mac 2011 のバージョンが公開されました。多くの方がお待ちになっていた機能が追加されました。追加された機能1. ネットワーク接続が不安定で会議から切断された場合、自動的に再接続されるようになりました。 (Media Resiliancy)2.  OS X Yosemite に対応しました。3. 会話履歴が Exchange に保存できるようになりました。Lync for Mac 2011 のこれまでのバージョンでは会話履歴はローカルでのみ保存がされ、他の端末からサインインした場合は確認をする事ができませんでした。こちらのリリースでは以下のイメージの通り、会話履歴のタブができ、EWS が利用され、Exchange に会話履歴が保存されます

Code Recipe ��ニターキャンペーン開始

#wpdev_jp #win8dev_jpVisual Studio 2013 を、コードサンプルを通じて体感していただくプロジェクトが11月末からスタートしますが、その前にちょっと先出しでモニターキャンペーンを実施します。http://aka.ms/recipecampaignということで、ご参加いただける方は上記サイトにアクセスして、こちらで紹介されているおすすめレシピを試してみて、ご応募ください。ご参加いただいた方の中から抽選で 50 名様に特典を進呈しますが、その応募先はレシピを完了した際に表示されます。まぁ、ちょっと調べればわかるでしょうけどね、そんな無粋なことは言わずにせっかくだから楽しんでみてください。レシピはWeb アプリ版と Windows アプリ版の2種類を用意してあります。好みに合わせてお好きな方をお選びくださいw皆様のご応募をお待ち

Kinect With Me Part 2 - Tracking Bodies and Overlaying Shapes on Infrared Data

This Kinect for Windows v2 tutorial series will help you build an interactive Kinect app using Visual Studio and C#. You are expected to have basic experience with C# and know your way around Visual Studio. Throughout the series, you will learn how to set up your Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and dev environment, how to track skeletons and hand positions, how to manipulate the data from the colou

#retosMSDN: Reto 5 – Extendiendo funcionalidad en C#

¡Ya tienes aquí el quinto de nuestros #retosMSDN! Aunque en realidad no se trata de un reto, si no de 4 mini-retos independientes entre sí. Además, tenemos dos entradas para el Codemotion 2014 que necesitan dueño, y que serán para los dos primeros desarrolladores de España que nos enviéis la solución correcta a los 4 mini-retos. El RetoAntes de empezar, en este proyecto de Visual Studio 201

Quatrième correctif cumulatif pour System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

L’UR4 ou Update Rollup 4 pour System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager est disponible à partir de l’article kb2992020 de la base de connaissances de Microsoft.Plus globalement, une bonne partie des composants de System Center 2012 R2 reçoit également des UR4 tel que décrit depuis l’article kb2992012.

横浜市立高等学校学生向けアプリ開発講座

皆さん、こんにちわ。日本マイクロソフトのエバンジェリストの渡辺です。最終成果発表会に参加された学生の皆さん2013年に締結された「横浜市及び横浜市教育委員会と日本マイクロソフトの連携」に基づいて、今年も横浜市立高等学校の学生さんを対象にアプリ開発講座を開催させていただきました。講座は6月にスタートし、10月まで5ヶ月間に、全10回シリーズで行いました。昨年は、横浜サイエンスフロンティア高等学校の学生さんが対象でしたが、今年は、横浜市立の全高等学校に応募枠を広げて、東高等学校、桜丘高等学校、戸塚高等学校などの高校からの学生さんにも参加いただきました。参加学生のプログラミングスキルは、バラバラで、今回が全く初心者という学生さんもいましたので、昨年の講義を基にして、マイクロソフトディベロップメントの田中賢一郎さんが執筆した「ゲームを作りながら楽しく学べる HTML5 + C


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